Employing a hybrid methodology located somewhere between research project, retail display, and promotional campaign, Simon Denny's diverse artistic practice reflects on the production, distribution, and consumption of media in an age of accelerated technological obsolescence and relentless cultural overproduction. Through a variety of media, including photographs, sculpture, video, and printed ephemera, Denny invites us to reflect on the relationship between form and content in relation to the evolution of television and video as both technology and cultural form.
Denny's recent works have included investigations into the form and "architecture" of the TV set itself (the physical depth of which, we are reminded, has shrunk along with the medium's loss of dominance as a content provider), the genre conventions of documentary, and the myriad processes by which content is translated from one medium to another. Other works explore the aesthetics of the glitch, moments of interference where the smooth flow of content breaks down, while still others mine the seemingly banal world of trade shows and industry publications.
Simon Denny (born 1982 in Auckland, New Zealand) graduated from the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include Cruise Line, NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany; 7 Unreachable Elevators, IMO, Copenhagen; Chronic Expectation: CFS/ME Documentary Restoration, T293, Rome; Corporate Video Decisions, Michael Lett, Auckland, and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (2011); Negative Headroom: The Broadcast Signal Intrusion Incident, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany; and Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2010). Recent group exhibitions include That's the way we do it: The Techniques and Aesthetic of Appropriation from Ei Arakawa to Andy Warhol, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; and Based in Berlin, KW Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011).